Certificate in Augmentative and Alternative Communication

This graduate level certificate is designed to prepare highly qualified professionals to provide Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) services for children, youth and adults with complex communication needs (CCN) in school and community settings within the context of an interdisciplinary team. Through participation in coursework that includes concurrent field experiences, candidates will acquire a working knowledge of best practice in assessment and intervention to support communication through the application of AAC systems for children, youth and adults to access learning, socialization and vocational opportunities in society. Graduate students who are enrolled in master’s degrees in Communicative Disorders, Special Education, and related fields, in addition to practicing professionals in health, human services, and educational fields at the post-baccalaureate level may complete the certificate program.

Admission to the Program

To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in AAC, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: must be posted by the time student enters program
  • GPA: 3.0 overall in baccalaureate coursework
  • Written English Proficiency Requirement (WEP)

The application process includes the following steps:

  • Complete a University application (CSU Mentor)
  • Submit original transcripts from all universities attended
  • Complete a department application
  • Select the Graduate Certificate in AAC

A student who is interested in pursuing a certificate program may apply to the University as a post-baccalaureate classified student. Applicants who wish to pursue degrees in the department are encouraged to apply for both the certificate and degree programs simultaneously, as coursework may be applied toward the degree when taken as a classified graduate student.

Students who enter the certificate program and later gain admission to the M.S. Degree program in Communicative Disorders or M.A. Degree program in Special Education will be able to count SPED 743 and SPED 746 (6 units) toward the master’s degree program if taken within the timelines specified by the university graduate studies policies.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Certificate — 12 units

Coursework for Classified Communicative Disorders MS Candidates

Semester One:

C D 713Seminar in Therapy for Organic Communicative Disorders1
C D 880Advanced Communication Therapy2
SPED 743Issues in Augmentative and Alternative Communication3

Semester Two:

C D 881Internship in Communicative Disorders I3
SPED 746Teaching Individuals with Physical and Other Health Impairments3

Coursework for All Other Candidates

Semester One:

SPED 601Observation and Participation in Special Education3
SPED 743Issues in Augmentative and Alternative Communication3

Semester Two:

C D 881Internship in Communicative Disorders I3
SPED 746Teaching Individuals with Physical and Other Health Impairments3